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Fruit Myths to Eat Healthier This Summer



In addition, cooking food increases the bioavailability of different nutrients. The anthropologist Richard Wrangham points out that the difference between man and the rest of the animals is the ability to cook the food, which allows us to obtain better yield and take better advantage of it. A gorilla is raw vegan, but he spends most of his time eating and digestion and needs to eat a much larger amount of food, relative to his body volume, than we do. In short: eating fruit is fine, but eating only fruit is not the best idea.

When do you have to eat fruit?

One of the most established myths says that the fruit before the meal is digested better and fattens less. This is not true at all. The stomach digests as food arrives and does not care about the order: everything ends up reduced to papillita so that the intestine absorbs nutrients.

However, this myth has a point that, spinning very fine, could be considered true. Eating fruit at the beginning of the meal has the advantage that it increases satiety. If we take our hunger out of the fruit, when the main course arrives, we will be less hungry and eat less.

In any case the fruit as more help to lose weight is not "before" or "after", but "instead of".

The melon at night does not kill

Related to the above is the popular saying of "the melon in the morning is gold, in the afternoon it is silver and in the evening it kills." Go ahead that popular knowledge sometimes fails. Melon in summer is good at any time, and it is better to have two slices of this fruit than to eat a pantagruleic banquet.

The origin of the myth seems to be in the Middle and Modern Age, when melons were so expensive that they were reserved for the elites. There was no better status symbol than dock of melons. It is suspected that the Emperor of Austria Alberto II in 1358, and the popes Paul II in 1471 and Clement VIII in 1605, died after giving a feast with melons, which could give rise to the myth. A proof of how appreciated they were is that in the nineteenth century, the writer Alejandro Dumas ceded his library to the city of Cavaillon, in Provence, in exchange for the annual delivery of twelve melons until his death.

Beware of juices

Fruit sometimes craves more in juice than in fruit, and is not the same. One factor must be taken into account. If for dessert or for snack we eat an orange, it is usually only one. But if we make a juice, we drink four or five.

The problem with juices is that a large part of the fiber remains in the juicer, especially pectin or soluble fiber, which has a satiating effect and some other properties. By removing this, we increase the caloric content.

Vitamins and detox

The vitamins of the juice, especially that of orange, oxidize, but little by little, it is not necessary to run.

There are also no detoxifying juices, although they tell us that we accumulate toxins and that with a diet based on very expensive juices we can eliminate them. In case of intoxication, what we have to do is to enter the hospital urgently to have a stomach wash, dialysis or chelation, which are the usual treatments for intoxication.

It is true that in any food or drink there are toxic molecules, but we have a kidney and a liver that work great eliminating all toxins. Every time we urinate we make a free detox.

And since we are in summer, if you do not want to have toxic or infectious problems, worry about washing fruits and vegetables very well, and cooking meat and fish and food with raw eggs, cream or similar, that are not out of the fridge.